Samsung HW-Q700A Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Apr 16, 2021 at 09:42 am
Samsung HW-Q700A Picture
7.7
Mixed Usage
8.1
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.6
Music
7.5
Movies
Channels
3.1.2

The Samsung HW-Q700A is a 3.1.2 setup from the manufacturer's 2021 lineup. It has a pretty neutral sound profile out-of-the-box that's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. However, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed movie scenes. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content, though, and it comes with lots of sound enhancement features, including Samsung's Acoustic Beam virtual surround technology, though we don't test for this.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The Samsung HW-Q700A is good for mixed usage. It has a pretty neutral sound profile out-of-the-box with a little extra punch in the bass, so it's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. That said, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, which can be disappointing if you like bass-heavy music and action-packed movies. It supports Dolby Atmos, though, which is handy for movie fans. However, it has to downmix surround content into stereo to play it, which isn't as immersive-sounding.

Pros
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay compatibility.
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Gets loud.
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support.
Cons
  • Doesn't support Chromecast built-in.
  • Lacks low-bass.
8.1 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Samsung HW-Q700A is great for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Thanks to its dedicated center channel and balanced mid-range, voices are reproduced clearly, accurately, and with detail. There's even a dialogue enhancement feature available to help make voices sound more clear and crisp. Also, it's Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay compatible, so you can stream podcasts and audiobooks from your phone to the bar wirelessly.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay compatibility.
Cons
  • Doesn't support Chromecast built-in.
7.6 Music

The Samsung HW-Q700A is good for music. Out-of-the-box, it has a pretty neutral sound profile that's suitable for most genres with a little extra punch in the bass range. However, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you don't really feel the deep thumps and rumbles in bass-heavy genres like EDM. Fortunately, there are a lot of sound customization features available, including a graphic EQ, several presets, and bass and treble adjustments.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
7.5 Movies

The Samsung HW-Q700A is good for movies. Its balanced mid-range can reproduce dialogue clearly and accurately, but it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you may not feel the deep thumps and rumbles in action-packed scenes. It gets pretty loud, though there's some compression when you play it at max volume. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content, but it has to downmix surround content into stereo to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 8.1 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.6 Music
  • 7.5 Movies

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung HW-Q700A is a 3.1.2 soundbar from the manufacturer's 2021 lineup. It supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content, and it comes with Acoustic Beam virtual surround technology, which can help immerse you in your audio, though we don't test for this. It's advertised to support Q-Symphony, so you can pair it with a compatible Samsung TV to sync audio from your bar and your TV. Unlike the Samsung HW-Q800A, it doesn't have built-in Alexa support, so you have to use a separate Amazon Echo device to use the voice assistant. Its main competitors include the LG GX Soundbar, the Klipsch Cinema 600, and the Sony HT-Z9F.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Samsung HW-Q700A is a sleek soundbar with a similar design to the Samsung HW-Q70T. There's a metal grille covering the top and the front of the bar, and the rest of the bar is made of hard plastic.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The sub is mostly made of wood. There's also a thin fabric covering the front of the sub.

Design
Style - Satellites

The Samsung HW-Q700A doesn't come with any satellites. However, you can purchase Dolby Atmos Wireless Rear Speakers separately.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 38.6" (98.0 cm)
Height 2.4" (6.0 cm)
Depth 4.5" (11.5 cm)

The Samsung HW-Q700A is a bit wide, so it likely won't fit between the legs of your 55" TV. However, it isn't very tall, so it shouldn't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 8.0" (20.4 cm)
Height 13.9" (35.3 cm)
Depth 11.9" (30.3 cm)

The sub is roughly the same size as a typical desktop PC. It's wireless, so you can place it anywhere in the room.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Universal (holes on underside)

The back of the bar has two openings for the inputs and the power cable. If you want to mount the bar, there are also universal holes located on the underside.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The back of the sub is made of wood, and there's a plastic port. There's also a pairing button in the bottom corner.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung HW-Q700A has an impressive build quality. The bar has a metal grille covering the top and the front, which helps protect the drivers. The rest of the bar is made of plastic, which feels solid and durable. The sub is made of melamine, but unfortunately, the thin fabric on the front seems like it could rip or get dirty easily.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
N/A

  • Manual
  • HDMI cable
  • Remote with batteries (2xAA)
  • 2x power cables
  • Adapter for power cable
  • Mounting brackets with screws with template
  • 4x rubber foot stickers

Sound
7.7
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
-0.40
Std. Err.
2.58 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
43.0 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The Samsung HW-Q700A has a good stereo frequency response. Its sound profile is pretty neutral, but with a little extra punch in the bass range, though it should still be suitable for most audio content. However, it struggles to reproduce a deep, thumpy low-bass, which can be disappointing if you like to feel the rumbles in bass-heavy music and action-packed movies. You can also customize its sound to your liking using the graphic EQ and presets as well as the bass and treble adjustments.

7.7
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
0
Suggested Treble Setting
0
Slope
-0.40
Std. Err.
2.58 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
43.0 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

We tested the Samsung HW-Q700A with several different calibration settings, but we weren't able to get its slope closer to zero. As a result, we recommend its default settings if you prefer a more neutral sound. For a soundbar that can produce a more extended bass, consider the Samsung HW-Q800A.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.41 dB

The Samsung HW-Q700A has a good stereo soundstage performance. The soundstage is perceived to be about as wide as our testing table, but it doesn't have any tricks to make it seem wider than that. It also has good focus, so it's easy to pinpoint the location of objects like voices and footsteps in the stereo soundstage.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
95.2 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
2.60 dB

The Samsung HW-Q700A has a good stereo dynamics performance. It gets loud enough to use at parties and in large rooms; however, there's a bit of compression in the bass and treble ranges when you play it at max volume. That said, it may not be noticeable with real-life content.

7.4
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.51
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.34

The Samsung HW-Q700A has a satisfactory THD performance. At normal listening volumes, there isn't a lot of distortion, resulting in clear and pure audio reproduction. There's a jump in THD when you play the bar at max volume. However, distortion can be difficult to hear with real-life content.

8.2
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
0.45
Std. Err.
3.12 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
90.2 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.75
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.76

The Samsung HW-Q700A has an impressive center performance. This 3.1.2 setup has a discrete center channel, resulting in a clearer and more accurate reproduction of dialogue in vocal-centric content like TV shows.

4.6
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Slope
-0.15
Std. Err.
2.52 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
95.3 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.49
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.39
7.1 Rears
No

The Samsung HW-Q700A has poor surrounds performance. It has to downmix surround content into stereo to play it. As a result, surround objects in the soundstage such as voices and footsteps aren't as clearly or accurately localized as setups with dedicated surround speakers. Audio can seem like it's coming from in front of you, rather than from speakers placed all around you.

6.0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
Slope
0.25
Std. Err.
3.98 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
82.5 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
1.48
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.80

The Samsung HW-Q700A has a mediocre Atmos performance. It uses up-firing speakers on the bar to bounce sound off the ceiling and back down towards you to give the illusion of height. However, this doesn't sound as clear or real as discrete localization created by down-firing speakers in a home theater setup.

7.1
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
No
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Yes
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
Graphic + Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
No
Rear Level Adjustment
No
Height Level Adjustment
Yes
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q700A has a decent selection of sound enhancement features. If you want to customize its sound, you can use the graphic EQ or choose between the EQ presets: 'Standard', 'Surround', 'Game Pro', and 'Adaptive Sound'. If you go into the Advanced Sound settings on the SmartThings app, you can also find a voice enhancement feature that makes dialogue more clear and crisp, and well as a bass enhancement feature.

There are a few features that this soundbar has that we don't currently test for. It has Acoustic Beam virtual surround technology, which is advertised to help immerse you in your audio. It also comes with a SpaceFit Sound feature. If you're connected to a compatible Samsung TV, this feature is advertised to use your TV's microphone in order to analyze the acoustic characteristics of your room to optimize audio reproduction. The Tap Sound feature is advertised to allow you to mirror music from your phone when you tap it against the bar.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
1 (shared)
Full HDMI In
1
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
No
RCA In
No
USB for Files
No
Ethernet
No

The Samsung HW-Q700A comes with several physical inputs. There's a Full HDMI In port, which lets you use the bar as a hub between different devices. While there's a micro-USB port, it's only for service and software updates, so you can't use it to play audio files.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Yes
Dolby Atmos
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
Yes
DTS:X (eARC only)
Yes
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Yes
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
Yes
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q700A has incredible support for audio formats over its HDMI ARC port. It supports Dolby Digital and DTS, which are commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms. It also supports more premium surround formats like Dolby Digital Plus and DTS:X.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
Yes
Dolby TrueHD
Yes
DTS-HD MA
Yes
5.1 PCM
Yes

This soundbar can play audio from most sources over its Full HDMI In port, including Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q700A supports both Dolby Digital and DTS content via Optical, which is handy if you like to watch a lot of Blu-ray discs and content from streaming platforms.

7.8
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
51 ms
Optical
36 ms
Full HDMI In
-74 ms

This soundbar has a very good latency performance. It has low latency over its ARC and Optical ports, so audio and video are in sync, which makes it suitable for watching videos. However, latency over its Full HDMI In port is a bit high, so you hear audio before you see the corresponding visuals. That said, some apps and some TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

9.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Chromecast built-in
No
Apple AirPlay
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q700A has fantastic wireless playback connectivity. You can stream audio from your phone or tablet to the bar wirelessly via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay2. Unfortunately, you can't stream audio via Chromecast.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
Yes
HDR10 Passthrough
Yes

This soundbar can passthrough the highest bandwidth signals. If you want to connect the bar to your TV and your PC, text on the screen appears clear and crisp.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The sub connects wirelessly to the soundbar, so you just need to plug it into an outlet to use it.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
No
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

There's a small display on the right side of the bar behind the metal grille. It indicates the volume level and the input you're using. However, it's only a four-character display, so you may need to wait for some messages to scroll to read them.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

The touch-sensitive controls are located on the top of the bar. You can use them to power the bar on and off, adjust the volume, and change the input.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The remote lets you control the bar's functions, and it has a similar design to the remote for the Samsung HW-Q70T. However, it can't be used as a universal remote, so you can't control your TV with it.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Apple Siri
No

The Samsung HW-Q700A doesn't have built-in support for voice assistants. It's advertised to support Amazon Alexa, but the bar needs to be connected to an Amazon Echo device to access this feature since it doesn't have its own microphone.

Additional Features
App
App Name Samsung SmartThings
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Acts As A Remote
Yes
Controls Soundbar's Settings
Some
Casts Device Files
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q700A is compatible with the Samsung SmartThings app. It allows you to control many of the bar's features, including sound enhancement features such as dialogue enhancement and bass adjustment. However, it doesn't offer Center level and Front Top level adjustment features like the remote.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Auto-off
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Yes

The Samsung HW-Q700A has an auto-off function that turns the bar off if there's no audio signal for a certain period of time. It also supports HDMI CEC, so you can control the bar's basic functions with your TV remote.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Samsung HW-Q700A is available in 'Black', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Samsung HW-Q700A is a 3.1.2 setup with a dedicated subwoofer. It has a pretty neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, but compared to the Samsung HW-Q800A, it lacks a thumpy low-bass, which can be disappointing for fans of bass-heavy music. It comes with lots of sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ and bass and treble adjustments. It also comes with features such as SpaceFit Sound, which is advertised to optimize audio reproduction based on the acoustic characteristics of your room using the microphone on compatible Samsung TVs, and Tap Sound, which mirrors music from your phone when you tap it against the bar, though we don't test for these.

See also our recommendations for the best Samsung soundbars, the best soundbars with a subwoofer, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q800A is a better 3.1.2 soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q700A. While they have very similar designs, the HW-Q800A has a better-balanced sound profile with a more extended bass, so you can feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed movie scenes. Both setups have poor surround sound performance since they lack dedicated satellite speakers.

Samsung HW-Q70T

The Samsung HW-Q700A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q70T. The HW-Q700A has better soundstage and height channel performances. It also comes with more sound enhancement features, including an auto-volume mode to help balance the volume level across different programs. Also, it supports Apple AirPlay, unlike the HW-Q70T.

Samsung HW-Q600A

The Samsung HW-Q700A is a marginally better soundbar than the Samsung HW-Q600A. The HW-Q700A has a better soundstage performance, it comes with more wireless playback options, and it's compatible with the SmartThings app, so you can control many of its features from your smartphone. Also, its surrounds and Atmos performances are better, and it supports Amazon Alexa voice assistant when you connect it with a third-party Echo device. That said, unlike the HW-Q700A, the HW-Q600A's USB port supports audio playback, which can be handy for some listeners.

Sony HT-Z9F

The Samsung HW-Q700A is a better overall soundbar than the Sony HT-Z9F. The Samsung has a better soundstage performance, and thanks to its up-firing speakers, it has a better Atmos performance. It also comes with more sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ that's ideal for customizing its sound. However, the Sony has less compression when you play it at max volume, which is handy if you like to turn up the volume for parties.

Samsung HW-A650

The Samsung HW-Q700A is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-A650. The HW-Q700A has a better soundstage performance, and it supports Dolby Atmos content thanks to its two up-firing speakers. It offers more wireless playback options, and it can passthrough the highest bandwidth signals.

Klipsch Cinema 600

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Klipsch Cinema 600 or the Samsung HW-Q700A. The Klipsch has a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box with a more extended low-bass, and it can also get louder. That said, the Samsung is better-built with more sound enhancement features, more wireless playback options, and a Full HDMI In port that supports high-quality passthrough. It also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS content, unlike the Klipsch.

LG GX Soundbar

The Samsung HW-Q700A is a better overall soundbar than the LG GX Soundbar. The Samsung is better-built, and it offers a better Atmos performance thanks to its up-firing speakers. It also comes with a graphic EQ that gives you a bit more control over its sound profile, and it has more wireless playback options. That said, the LG gets louder with less compression at max volume, and some listeners may prefer its unique, sleek design.

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